Originally posted on The Bett Blog:
It’s no secret that students have evolved into tech savvy, connected individuals who work best in an engaged, participatory learning environment. They have been born into the digital age and are entering school with a heightened digital acumen. The sheer scale of Bett in terms of participation and reputation  is testament to the importance placed on technology in schools… Continue reading

Journal of Chemical Education Sep 2012 Issue

1. The Grapes of Class: Teaching Chemistry Concepts at a Winery Nonscience majors often believe that the concepts and techniques in chemistry have little relevance to someone outside the “ivy-covered walls of academia”. The challenge for science instructors is to develop and implement lessons that present science in a way that will capture the interest of the nonscience major, while remaining rigorous enough to satisfy … Continue reading Journal of Chemical Education Sep 2012 Issue

Dynamic Periodic Table of the Elements

Daniel Ferry (www.excelhero.com) created this dynamic periodic table in excel and it is very impressive. He conducts the Excelhero academy every year. The Image below is taken from Excelhero and you can download the Source file and play with it. Additional resources: Michael Dayah’s periodic table Elements iPad app Periodic Videos Continue reading Dynamic Periodic Table of the Elements

Chemical Equilibrium

In biology, life is the avoidance of equilibrium, and the attainment of equilibrium is death, but knowing whether equilibrium lies in favor of reactants or products under certain conditions is a good indication of the feasibility of a biochemical reaction (Atkins and de Paula, in Atkins’ Physical Chemistry, Oxford University Press). Chemguide is a good web resource for students studying chemistry. Pedro Mendes demonstrates the kinetics of unimolecular reaction … Continue reading Chemical Equilibrium

Synthetic life

Source: The New Yorker If the science truly succeeds, it will make it possible to supplant the world created by Darwinian evolution with one created by us. The first time Jay Keasling remembers hearing the word “artemisinin,” about a decade ago, he had no idea what it meant. “Not a clue,” Keasling, a professor of biochemical engineering at the University of California at Berkeley, recalled. … Continue reading Synthetic life

Art and Science

Directed in 1971 by Robert Alan Weiss for the Department of Chemistry of Stanford University and imprinted with the “free love” aura of the period, this short film continues to be shown in biology class today. Narrated by Paul Berg, 1980 Nobel prize for Chemistry. Dance begins at 3:12 minutes. ♦♦♦ Dance your Phd: Every year there is a competition, the aim of which is to … Continue reading Art and Science

Chemistry in Poetry

 Source: Mala Radhakrishnan, assistant professor at Wellesley College, has written a book on poetry chemistry, called “Atomic Romances, Molecular Dances.” Her aim is to use poetry, but also easy-to-understand analogies to teach about thermodynamics, kinetics and molecular reactions. Source I used to sleep ‘ til my electrons would drool At P-32 element-ary school. The things we were taught were just totally boring. A mole of us atoms would … Continue reading Chemistry in Poetry